Alternatives to Dental Implants â€“ Replacing Missing Teeth
Dental implants offer a permanent solution for the replacement of one or more missing teeth. They are so popular that in the last decade, the number of patients receiving implants has tripled. But it is important to remember that implants are not right for everyone. Dental implant candidates must be in good overall health, with enough healthy jaw bone to support the implants. People who suffer from chronic illnesses and smokers are not considered good candidates for implant dentistry, as their condition and lifestyle can interfere with healing. The good news is that there are several effective alternatives to dental implants. Contact our office in Palm Springs for dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures information.
What dental implant alternatives are available?
Implants are the only permanent replacement for a missing tooth; however, if you decide against implant dentistry or are not a candidate for implants, there are several alternative treatments, including the following:
- Full dentures
- Partial dentures
- Dental bridges
- Teeth in a day
If you have lost more than one tooth but still have some remaining healthy teeth, partial dentures may be the best option. Partial dentures are held in place by clips and can do an excellent job of filling the gaps left by multiple missing teeth.
A dental bridge will be the best alternative to implants if you are missing a single tooth. The bridge is secured to the neighboring and is attached to a natural-looking crown.
For those individuals that suffer from medical conditions that may interfere with the healing process, a new and exciting option is to replace a missing tooth with “teeth in a day”.